Magazine article Screen International

UK-Made Films Account for 26% of Global Market, Reports BFI

Magazine article Screen International

UK-Made Films Account for 26% of Global Market, Reports BFI

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Bolstered by Star Wars: The Force Awakens, UK-made films took in a record-breaking total of $9.4bn in 2015, according to BFI figures.

This amounted to a 26% share of the global market, a 13% increase on 2014's total.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which was largely filmed in the UK, earned more than $2bn worldwide, making it the third highest-grossing film of all time.

Independent UK films led by titles including Paddington ($112m in 2015), Shaun The Sheep Movie ($103m) and The Imitation Game ($102m in 2015), grossed a total of $1.1bn worldwide in 2015.

That total amounted to 2.8% of the global box office, the highest share since reporting began in 2002.

Between them, the top ten independent UK films grossed $679m worldwide in 2015, with the aforementioned titles joined by the likes of Brooklyn ($45m) and Legend ($39m) on the list.

The top-performing territories for UK-made productions were: New Zealand (39% of the country's total box office), Australia (33%), Russia (32%) and France (24%). …

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